I have been an avid reader for over 50 years. I recognize that progress is painstaking, no one willing to give an inch despite overwhelming evidence that a fish caught by recreational anglers is worth 10 times or more per pound than one caught in nets.
Don’t you think it would be a good idea to form a partnership with commercial fishermen by subsidizing startup costs for saltwater fish farms? Coastal farms to start farming operations would be a pathway to self-sustaining businesses. I have no doubt that recreational anglers would donate to setting this up. We have to assure both sides that there are no losers.
Commercial fishing and mining are the last two remaining extraction industries on Earth. Just look at what both of them have done to the planet. It’s time to change.
There are only two things that will convince commercial fisherman to stop what they do: lack of fish or another way to ensure that they can increase their incomes. Regulated commercial fishing is a stopgap. They need to be converted to saltwater farms that can increase the supply in accordance with demand. That’s progress, as our population continues its upward climb.